Contributions To The Anthropology Of The Soviet Union Compiled by Henry Field


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Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections Volume 110, Number 13,  1948. First edition. Signed and inscribed by author. Former copy of leading British Pre-historian John D. Evans. 244 pages. Five plates. Original stiff-card wrappers, edges worn, small tears present. Text clean and unmarked. 

A study including a compilation of anthropological data from Soviet published and unpublished material. The first part deals with the archaeological background, the second with physical anthropology, covering Pamirs and mountain Tajiks, Uzbeks, Kazakhs and Turcomans.

'This compilation of the work of Russian archæologists and physical anthropologists covers a period of ten years. The author is to be congratulated on producing a volume which is absolutely indispensable for all archæologists and anthropologists of the world. One of the tragedies of the present political situation is the lack of contact between Soviet researchers in these sciences and those outside. How far any conclusions reached are coloured by their political theories of to-day cannot be discussed in this review; but certain it is that greater personal contacts would result in a better understanding, not only of all the fine work which is being accomplished, but also in the attitudes of mind the researchers to their work.'